The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

July 18, 2018

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, types of patent applications and how to file, and interactive patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge...

July 19, 2018

ChallengeHER is a national initiative to boost government contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses with a special focus on the Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. ChallengeHER’s goal is to provide women business owners with procurement education, best...

July 19, 2018

Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO in San Jose to view the Inventor Info Chat series June topic: Strategies for Filing Internationally: Including the PCT and the Hague System for Industrial. The series is designed to provide inventors with relevant information on topics that assist with applying...

July 19, 2018

Topic: "Considerations and Options for Foreign Filing - Including PCT” The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on July 19, 2018 from 11 a.m. – noon ET, with a discussion of the “Considerations and Options for Foreign Filing – Including PCT”. This chat will focus on explaining filing...

July 20, 2018

The Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO invites you to join us for the second session in a series of programming on understanding intellectual Property (IP). Part II in the series will give a more in-depth overview on design patents, as well as how and when an entrepreneur or business might consider...

July 20, 2018

ePCT – WIPO’s online service for filing and managing applications for international patent protection under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) By filing one international patent application under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention...

July 20, 2018

Join USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, Inventor and Astronaut Dr. David Wolf, and National Air and Space Museum Director Dr. Ellen Stofan for a special afternoon at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., as they consider the past and future of aerospace. The panel...

July 24, 2018

Please join the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University as they welcome Conrad Wong, Attorney-Advisor, China IP Team from the Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and James O. Wilson,...

July 24, 2018

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

July 25, 2018

Strategies for IP Protection in China The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s China Intellectual Property (IP) Road Show comes to Louisville, Kentucky, with a one-day program that brings together policymakers and thought leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government and IP practitioners—...

News & Updates

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

Alexandria, VA– The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Alexandria, VA– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on…

March 22, 2018 USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

March 11, 2018 USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is expected to…